Clear Channel Distances Itself from Anti-Gay Iowa Radio Host

Last week I posted about Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson's remarks that homosexuality is "intrinsically promiscuous" and that AIDS is God's "invention" to punish it. Clear Channel, the parent of WHO-AM, on which Mickelson broadcasts, this morning distanced itself from Mickelson:

Mickelson "In a statement read shortly before Mickelson’s program began Thursday morning, Clear Channel said Mickelson’s statements 'confused strong opinion with medical fact, and contained factual errors regarding HIV/AIDS, it’s spread and current efforts to inform the public about this disease.'  … 'Mr. Mickelson’s comments do not reflect the opinions of Clear Channel, nor do they reflect the ongoing support Clear Channel provides to public service campaigns, such as Greater than AIDS, that works to convey the message that AIDS does not discriminate. We regret any confusion about HIV/AIDS that may have resulted from Mr. Mickelson’s remarks.' In the week since news broke about Mickelson’s statements, One Iowa — the state’s largest LGBT-rights organization — worked with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), urging Clear Channel to correct the misinformation."

Posted August 26, 2010 at 2:39pm ETC by Andy Towle
in AIDS/HIV, Iowa, News, radio